Awards & Grants

Each year, NYFA provides over $3 million in cash grants to individuals pursuing artistic excellence in all forms.

NYSCA/NYFA ARTIST FELLOWSHIP

NYFA provides unrestricted grants of $7,000 to New York-based artists through NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships. First launched in 1985, the program has provided over $30 million to artists in 15 disciplines at critical stages in their creative development. The funds can be used in any manner the artists deem necessary to further their careers.

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are administered with leadership support from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Here are some fellows you’ll recognize.

RAUSCHENBERG MEDICAL EMERGENCY GRANTS

The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent unexpected medical emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers in financial need who are currently residing in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories. This project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

KEEP NYS CREATING PROJECT GRANT

The Keep NYS Creating Project Grants awards $1,000 project grants to support artists in Western New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Hudson Valley, and Long Island who previously applied for NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships in 2018, 2019, and/or 2020.

TRI-STATE RELIEF FUND TO SUPPORT NON-SALARIED WORKERS IN THE VISUAL ARTS

The Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts will distribute one-time unrestricted grants of $2,000 to freelance, contract, or non-salaried archivists, art handlers, artist/fine art photographer’s assistants, cataloguers, database specialists, digital assets specialists, image scanners/digitizers, and registrars. The program, established by The Willem de Kooning Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Teiger Foundation, and the Cy Twombly Foundation and administered by NYFA, will provide $1,250,000 in total aid to Tri-State non-salaried workers in the visual arts who have experienced financial hardship from lack of income or opportunity as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis.

THE NYC WOMEN’S FUND FOR MEDIA, MUSIC AND THEATRE

The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre provides grants to encourage and support the creation of digital, film, music, television, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women. The City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) initiative will provide finishing funds for film, television, and digital projects; funds for the creation of music recordings or videos; and production funds for live theatre.

THE JGS FELLOWSHIP FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

The JGS Fellowship for Photography is a $7,000 cash grant open to New York State photography artists living and working outside of New York City. The Fellowship will be awarded to five artists working in traditional and experimental photography or any form in which photographic techniques are pivotal. The support for this funding is provided by The Joy of Giving Something (JGS).

THE RECHARGE FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP FOR NEW SURREALIST ART

The Recharge Foundation Fellowship for New Surrealist Art is a $5,000 award for painters living in the United States or U.S. Territories who are working in the New Surrealist style. The New Surrealist style is an extension of the Surrealist movement, where artists combine relatable imagery in uncanny and unexpected situations within their work. Students in bachelor’s or master’s degree programs are welcome to apply, however applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the application deadline.

THE CANADIAN WOMEN ARTISTS’ AWARD

The Canadian Women Artists’ Award provides $5,000 financial support to an emerging or early career artist working in one of the 15 eligible disciplines designated by NYFA. To apply, applicants must be female Canadian citizens between the ages of 21 and 35 who are living and working in New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey. Students in bachelor’s or master’s degree programs are welcome to apply.

THE MURRAY REICH DISTINGUISHED ARTIST AWARD

With the support of an anonymous donor, the annual Murray Reich Distinguished Artist Award enables artists with a long history of creative practice to pursue deeper investigations or new explorations that can inform and enrich their work. It was developed in memory of the artist Murray Reich, a New York-based painter who also had a highly-regarded career as a professor of art at Bard College.

Applications are by invitation only.

TOMORROWLAND PROJECTS FOUNDATION AWARD

The Tomorrowland Projects Foundation supports artistic, multi-disciplinary team collaborations and artist-driven projects that expand awareness of issues affecting society-at-large, and considers award-planning funds to develop new technology, research, and installation art.

Applications are by invitation only.

Image: Kuldeep Singh (Fellow in Interdisciplinary Work ’18); ARCHITECTONICS OF DISPERSION \ immersive acts and objects; 2017; installation-based collaborative performance; paintings and sculptures in mud, dough, and fabric with performative acts; Photo Credit: Zhiyuan Yang